At The Irish Artisan Charcoal Company they had one wish: to be able to cook on their barbeques with charcoal sourced and made in Ireland. Not that much of a challenge I hear you say – except that they discovered that every ounce of lump wood charcoal sold in Ireland was imported. So, after a chance encounter over a pint and a slow-cooked shoulder of pork, they hatched a plan: to reclaim the Irish charcoal business.
The Irish Artisan Charcoal Company are three stay at home Dads, a part-time farmer, an environmental engineer and a chef. There are degrees and qualifications, life experiences, a love of barbequing and a heap of children between them. They use a blend of ash, beech, birch, oak, holly, blackthorn and sycamore among others to make their premium lumpwood charcoal. All their timber is locally sourced from sustainably managed woodlands. There are NO chemicals in their charcoal and you don’t need any chemicals or firelighters to light it.